Miss Keeling (16), a grade 13 student at St Hilda’s Collegiate in Dunedin, received a $ 1,000 scholarship from the North Otago Irrigation Company.
The annual scholarship is awarded to a student who continues his studies in agriculture.
Next year Miss Keeling will travel to the University of Canterbury to study engineering.
She is particularly interested in mechatronics with a future application in the agricultural sector.
Her interest stems from two aspects, she says; she had taken up digital technology as a subject in school and she also grew up on a dairy farm in Duntroon, North Otago, where her interest in farming came from “just living the life on the farm”.
Miss Keeling was counting down the days until she finished her studies before taking a job during the summer holidays in Omarama and then moving to Christchurch to begin higher education.
It was getting “a lot more real” with the scholarships and signing up for classes, but she was “super horny.”
She was thrilled to receive the scholarship, saying it was nice to know that others believed in her goals, and it gave her more confidence.
“Some people think that in the future agriculture will not be the same or [be] about.
“It is definitely going to exist, it might not be the same … being part of that change, creating new and exciting solutions for farmers in New Zealand so that it can continue would be really cool,” she said. declared.
Miss Keeling’s parents, Geoff and Jan, were heavily involved in the community and everything they did “certainly” helped give her skills, she said.